A state supreme court judge says a canoeist had the right to paddle down an Adirondack stream crossing private land, and has ordered the landowner to stop posting signs denying paddlers access to the waterway.
Following a morning of testimony, it appears that legislation proposing a fine on skiiers who go off trails, get lost and require rescue will not move out of committee this year.
The Vermont Senate Judiciary Committee took testimony Tuesday morning on a bill that proposes that “a criminal trespass charge be brought against a person who requires rescue for skiing off a designated ski trail.” A $500-fine would also be imposed.
Eight east coast states, the EPA and several environmental groups have reached a revised agreement with one of the country's largest electricity producers to further reduce acid rain emissions from coal-fired power plants in the Midwest.
A Vermont House committee has killed legislation that would have levied a new tax on sugary soft drinks.
In a move that drew the comment "Holy Smokes!" from a member of the Senate Health and Welfare committee, the House panel voted 5-5 on the measure. The tie vote killed the bill the committee had spent weeks drafting.
The money would pay for public health education and to help smooth the transition to a health care overhaul.